A Business Analyst is the one who works as a liaison between the business and technical teams and he is the one who defines needs, recommend solutions, enable changes and deliver values. In his day to day work, he has to elicit requirements, document them, facilitate meetings, create wireframes and mockups.
To do all the above things he uses business analysis techniques and to do them all in a better way a BA uses several tools to simplify the work. There are many tools and choosing these tools depends on the organization to organization.
Why do Business Analysts need tools to do business analysis work?
Business Analysts need the tools to perform and simplify the following tasks:
- To simplify the work
- To track requirements
- To automate the work
- To create wireframes, prototypes and flow diagrams
- To manage the requirements and tasks
- To properly collaborate with the team and stakeholders
Types of Business Analyst Tools:
There are different types of Business Analysis tools that are categorized based on the nature of the work performed using each tool. They are:
- Requirement gathering and management tools
- Modeling tools
- Collaboration tools
As we came to know the various tasks and requirements of the tools. Now, we will go through some of the tools that are commonly used for business analysis purposes. They are:
- MS Visio
Balsamiq is an online diagramming tool that is majorly used to create wireframes and mockups.
Creately is a web-based diagramming tool used to draw various types of diagrams like flowcharts, process diagrams and all types of BPMN and UML diagrams.
JIRA is an issue tracking and bug tracking tool that is used for project management also for agile scrum teams.